British funnyman Al Murray is entering the race for public office after announcing plans to stand in the U.K.'s general election as his comedic character The Pub Landlord.
The Tv personality will go up against U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage for the parliamentary seat of Thanet South in Kent, south east England when the nation goes to the polls in May (15).
Murray will run as a member of his newly-formed Free United Kingdom Party.
Speaking as his ultra-patriotic bartender alter ego, he says, "It seems to me that the U.K. is ready for a bloke (man) waving a pint around, offering common sense solutions."
Murray will run on a platform that pledges "the U.K. will leave Europe by 2025 and the edge of the solar system by 2050", while he is also vowing to slash the price of a pint of beer if he succeeds in beating right-wing politician Farage, who is demanding tighter immigration laws and Britain's withdrawal from the European Union.
Murray's announcement emerges hours after Happy Mondays dancer Bez, real name Mark Berry, learned his bid for political office had suffered a huge setback as his Reality Party had been disqualified by election officials on the same day he launched his campaign.
Electoral Commission representatives ruled The Reality Party's name was too similar to the Realists' Party.
The Reality Party bosses are investigating the "administrative error".